List of crossings of the River Thames facts for kids

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London Bridge Illuminated
London Bridge, in central London
Newbridge, Oxfordshire
Newbridge, in rural Oxfordshire

This is a list of crossings of the River Thames including bridges, tunnels and ferries. There are 214 bridges, over 20 tunnels, six public ferries and one ford. The list starts at the downstream (Estuary) end and follows the river upstream towards the start of the river.

A few of the crossings listed are public pedestrian crossings making use of walkways across lock gates and bridges above or near-by weirs. Most of the other locks on the River Thames also have walkways across their lock gates and weirs, but these either do not fully cross the river, or are for the use of authorised people only, and are so are not listed.

Besides the ferry crossings listed, there are commuter boat services along the river in London, and tourist boat services running both in London and upstream. Although the main purpose of these services is not to carry people across the river, it may be possible to use them to do so.

North Sea to London

Queen Elizabeth II bridge Penny Mayes
The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge
  • proposed Lower Thames Crossing at or east of Dartford Crossing - three options announced in April 2009
  • Gravesend – Tilbury Ferry, a passenger ferry.
  • High Speed 1 rail tunnels from Swanscombe in Kent to West Thurrock in Essex. (Two 2.5 km tunnels, 7.15 m internal diameter.)
  • Dartford Crossing including two Dartford Tunnels (1963 and 1980) and the cable-stayed Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (1991)
  • Dartford Cable Tunnel (2003; tunnel carrying electrical cable; accessible by authorised personnel only)
  • 380kV Thames Crossing (power line crossing at West Thurrock)

East London

Thames Barrier London
Thames Barrier
Thamestunnel
Thames Tunnel in the mid-19th century
  • proposed Thames Gateway Bridge, bridge between Beckton with Thamesmead, cancelled in November 2008.
  • Docklands Light Railway tunnel (between King George V and Woolwich Arsenal stations)
  • Woolwich foot tunnel (1912)
  • Woolwich Ferry
  • Crossrail Tunnel (construction started 15 May 2009)
  • Millennium Dome electricity cable tunnel
  • Thames Barrier (includes service tunnel accessible by authorised personnel only)
  • proposed Silvertown Link (bridge or tunnel to relieve the Blackwall Tunnels)
  • Jubilee Line tunnels (between North Greenwich and Canning Town; 1999)
  • Blackwall Tunnels (Alexander Binnie, 1897; second bore 1967)
  • Jubilee Line tunnels (between Canary Wharf and North Greenwich; 1999)
  • Docklands Light Railway tunnel (between Island Gardens and Cutty Sark; 1999)
  • Greenwich foot tunnel (Alexander Binnie, 1902)
  • Jubilee Line tunnels (between Canada Water and Canary Wharf; 1999)
  • Canary Wharf – Rotherhithe Ferry
  • Rotherhithe Tunnel (Maurice Fitzmaurice, 1908)
  • Thames Tunnel (Wapping to Rotherhithe Tunnel) (Marc Brunel, 1843; the world's first underwater tunnel, now part of the East London Line)

Central London

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Tower Bridge
Westminster Bridge, River Thames, London, England
Westminster Bridge
Lambeth Bridge upstream side
Lambeth Bridge

South west London

Albert Bridge 14 May 2006
Albert Bridge
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Chiswick Bridge
Richmond Bridge and riverside
Richmond Bridge
  • Chelsea Bridge (1937)
  • Albert Bridge (1873)
  • Battersea Bridge (Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1890) (Henry Holland, 1771)
  • Battersea Railway Bridge (1863)
  • Wandsworth Bridge (1938)
  • Fulham Bridge and Footbridge (1889)
  • Putney Bridge (Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1886) (Phillips & Ackworth, 1729)
  • Hammersmith Bridge (Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1887)
  • Barnes Bridge and Footbridge (1849)
  • Chiswick Bridge (1933)
  • Kew Railway Bridge (1869)
  • Kew Bridge (John Wolfe-Barry, 1903)
  • Richmond Lock and Footbridge (1894)
  • Twickenham Bridge (1933)
  • Richmond Railway Bridge (1848)
  • Richmond Bridge (1777)
  • Hammerton's Ferry (F) (Marble Hill Twickenham to Ham House)
  • Teddington Lock Footbridge
  • Kingston Railway Bridge (1863)
  • Kingston Bridge (1828)
  • Hampton Court Bridge (1933)
  • Hampton Ferry (F) (to Hurst Park, East Molesey, 1519)

London to Windsor

Chertsey Bridge, between Chertsey and Laleham (19 November 2005)
Chertsey Bridge
  • Walton Bridge (1953 and 1999)
  • Shepperton to Weybridge Ferry (F)
  • Chertsey Bridge (1785)
  • M3 Motorway Bridge (1971)
  • Staines Railway Bridge (1856)
  • Staines Bridge (1832)
  • M25 Runnymede Bridge (Edwin Lutyens, 1961; widened 1983 and 2005)
  • Albert Bridge (1928)
  • Victoria Bridge (1967)
  • Black Potts Railway Bridge (1892)
  • Windsor Bridge (1824)
  • Windsor Railway Bridge (Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1849)
  • Queen Elizabeth Bridge (1966)

Windsor to Reading

Railway bridge Maidenhead
Maidenhead Railway Bridge
Reading Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 4056
Reading Bridge
  • Summerleaze Footbridge (1992)
  • M4 Bridge (incorporates footbridge) (1961)
  • Maidenhead Railway Bridge (Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1838)
  • Maidenhead Bridge (1777)
  • Cookham Bridge (1867)
  • Bourne End Railway Bridge (1895; incorporates footbridge)
  • Marlow By-pass Bridge (1972)
  • Marlow Bridge (William Tierney Clark, 1832)
  • Temple Footbridge (1989)
  • Hambleden Lock (incorporates public footbridge)
  • Henley Bridge (1786)
  • Shiplake Railway Bridge (1897)
  • Sonning Bridge (c.1775) & Sonning Backwater Bridges (1986)
  • Caversham Lock (incorporates public footbridge)
  • Reading Bridge (1923)
  • Caversham Bridge (1926)

Reading to Oxford

Follybridge
Folly Bridge, Oxford
  • Reading Festival Bridge (2008, a temporary footbridge on permanent footings for the Reading Festival)
  • Whitchurch Bridge (1902, a toll bridge from Whitchurch-on-Thames to Pangbourne)
  • Gatehampton Railway Bridge (Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1838)
  • Goring and Streatley Bridge (1923)
  • Moulsford Railway Bridge (Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1838)
  • Winterbrook Bridge (1993)
  • Wallingford Bridge (1809)
  • Benson Lock (incorporates public footbridge)
  • Shillingford Bridge (1827)
  • Little Wittenham Bridge
  • Day's Lock (incorporates public footbridge)
  • Clifton Hampden Bridge (George Gilbert Scott,1867)
  • Appleford Railway Bridge (1929)
  • Sutton Bridge
  • Culham Bridge (across Swift Ditch, a backwater and former main course of the river near Abingdon)
  • Abingdon Bridge (1416)
  • Abingdon Lock (incorporates public footbridge)
  • Nuneham Railway Bridge (1929)
  • Kennington Railway Bridge (1923)
  • Isis Bridge (1962)
  • Donnington Bridge (1962)
  • Folly Bridge (1827)
  • Oxford Footbridge
  • Osney Footbridge
  • Osney Rail Bridge
  • Osney Bridge (1885)

Oxford to Cricklade

Radcot Bridge
Radcot Bridge
  • Medley Footbridge (1865)
  • Godstow Bridge (1792)
  • A34 Road Bridge
  • Swinford Toll Bridge (1777)
  • Pinkhill Lock (Incorporates public footbridge)
  • Hart's Weir Footbridge (1879)
  • Newbridge (13th century)
  • Tenfoot Bridge
  • Shifford Cut Footbridge and Duxford Ford
  • Tadpole Bridge
  • Old Man's Bridge (1868)
  • Radcot Bridge (1787)
  • Eaton Footbridge (1936)
  • Bloomers Hole Footbridge (2000)
  • St. John's Bridge (1886)
  • Halfpenny Bridge (James Hollingworth, 1792) - the start of the navigable Thames
  • Hannington Bridge
  • Castle Eaton Bridge
  • Water Eaton House Bridge
  • Eysey Footbridge
  • A419 Road Bridge
  • Cricklade Town Bridge

Beyond Cricklade

  • Waterhay Bridge
  • High Bridge, Ashton Keynes
  • Three Bridges, Ashton Keynes
  • unnamed road bridge at grid reference 020946
  • Neigh Bridge
  • unnamed road bridge at grid reference 004972
  • Parker's Bridge, Ewen
  • A429 Road Bridge
  • A433 Road Bridge

Related pages

  • Tunnels underneath the River Thames
  • Locks and weirs on the River Thames
  • London River Services
  • Islands in the River Thames
  • Thames Path
  • River Thames

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